Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory. Established in Redfern, in 2012, the Sydney Story Factory runs free creative writing and storytelling programs for marginalised young people. Under the guidance of an expert storytelling team, a corps of 900 volunteers work with students one-on-one or in small groups to teach them writing skills, cultivate their creativity and help them find their own voice. Before this, Catherine worked for 12 years as an arts writer and literary editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. Catherine holds a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University, and is an honorary associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. She is also the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.